|Emma the troublemaker.|
Emma's week ended with me exhausted. With her in full blown teen mode and finding nothing but trouble around every corner I found myself back at a stage in life I had thought I left long behind. It's the toddler stage in humans where the moment you turn your back they are sticking their finger in a light socket or racing around the neighborhood naked or flushing something down the toilet. I spent the final two days of the week managing her to keep her from stealing my knitting projects, which she managed to do twice when I had to step out of the room for a few seconds, or chewing on something she shouldn't, such as my Spider plant, or pestering Attitude and Dieter by either charging Dieter while he was laying on the back of my recliner or standing over the top of Attitude to see if Attitude would tell her to knock it off.
I spent the entire week hearing myself saying, "Get off that Dachshund" or "leave the cat" or "what do you have now?". It was a week of turn your head for a second and the puppy went into self destruct mode and began eating or challenging everything!
So, this coming week will be spent with a Labradoodle teenager tethered to me to prevent my correcting behavior after it occurred and instead rewarding behavior I want. It is unfair to her to set her up to fail when it only takes a bit more effort on my part to set her up to succeed.
Fortunately this stage in life is short and only requires a bit of work on my part to lessen the impact on my property and animals. I will find more things for her to do in her down time to occupy her mind and keep her from finding ways to annoy her house companions.
Until then, Max, Attitude, Dieter, Victoria and I have enjoyed a weekend of relaxation. I haven't even bothered to clean my house, like I normally do. I took Max with me to evaluate a dog for someone on Saturday and today, Sunday, he spent half of his day playing at Auntie Ronda's house and running around her yard.
TargetEmma is working on Level 2: Step 5 Target. In this step Emma is asked to close a cabinet door with her nose. She is closing the cabinet door, but not consistently. The amount of nose pressure applied each time has a wide range currently and therefore the door is sometimes not even moved when she brushes her nose on it. What this means is she's not certain what I am asking of her and she needs to continue to work on this concept until she is confident and consistent.
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